Fatal road accidents fall by nearly a fifth in Abu Dhabi

Police hails improved traffic measures for reduction in accidents

The Knowledge

The number of fatal accidents on in Abu Dhabi has been slashed by nearly 20 percent – despite a sharp increase in the number of cars on the roads.

Police chiefs have cited the launch of comprehensive traffic safety initiatives for the healthy fall in accidents in the first half of the year, according to a report by Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The amount of deaths resulting from serious accidents was cut by 19 percent – against the same period in 2016 – while the overall rate of serious accidents decreased by 8 percent and the level of traffic violations by an impressive 29 percent.

The across-the-board reductions come despite the emirate seeing a 13 percent rise in the number of vehicles registered and a 6 percent increase in the number of new license holders over the same period.

Colonel Ahmed Al Shehhi, Deputy Director of the Traffic and Patrols Department at the Abu Dhabi Police, said that the improvement in the levels of traffic safety in the emirate is due to the introduction of a comprehensive traffic safety plan, which has improved the monitoring of roads and reduced the causes of traffic accidents that lead to deaths and injuries, while raising the awareness of drivers in both public and private sectors.

Al Shehhi added that the main causes of major accidents in the first part of 2017 were neglect and a lack of attention, followed by sudden lane shifts, a lack of sufficient distance between vehicles, excessive speeding, careless driving onto main roads, jumping red signals and tyre explosions.

He noted that those mostly involved in road accidents were people in the age group between 18 and 30, as they were responsible for 44 percent of total accidents.

He stressed the importance of community dialogue and communication with young drivers to make further inroads into the number of accidents in the capital.

He also revealed that speed limit violations accounted for 76 percent of the total violations in Abu Dhabi during the first half of the current year, and urged drivers to stick to the posted speed limits.

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